Advertisements


WATCH: Hollywood actor Timothy Olyphant on living in Davao

MANILA, Philippines — Primetime Emmy Award winner Timothy Olyphant, star of the Drew Barrymore-starrer “Santa Clarita Diet,” shared during the series’ season.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarMar 14th, 2018

WATCH: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant say ‘Mahal ko kayo’

MANILA, Philippines — Hollywood stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant expressed how much they love their Filipino fans during the season 2 red carpet pre.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 14th, 2018

Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore in town to promote Netflix series

Hollywood royalty Drew Barrymore and actor Timothy Olyphant are currently in the country to promote their deliriously bloody, entertaining series “Santa Clarita Diet” which is now on its second seasonThe post Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore in town to promote Netflix series appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant overwhelmed with Manila fans

The Hollywood stars graced the Manila premiere of their hit Netflix series, 'Santa Clarita Diet.'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Where to watch the Oscars

The best of Hollywood movies will be honored this morning in Los Angeles (Sunday night in the US) with live coverage available on Philippine cable TV. Streaming live on HBO starting 7:30 am is the traditional Oscar red carpet with HBO Asia’s social media crew and actor and host Utt Panichkul in charge of interviews. [...] The post Where to watch the Oscars appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

WATCH: Hollywood actor James Marsden on what he loves about the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — James Marsden, who rose into stardom by playing Scott Summers or Cyclops in “X-Men” films, visited Manila on February 6 to mark Interna.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

Myanmar’s great hope fails to live up to expectations – The Guardian

The script called for the lead actor, a Nobel prize winner, to seize control of a country, bring peace where there was conflict and prosperity where there was poverty. A nation emerging from years of military dictatorship was to become a beacon of hope not only for its cowed population but also for much of a fractured and turbulent south-east Asia. But like many political dramas – especially over the past 12 months – the script has not been followed by Myanmar and its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Now, a year since one of the world’s most famous prisoners of conscience came to power in the specially created position of state counsellor, the talk is not of progress. Instead, it is of drastically escalating ethnic conflicts that have simmered and sporadically exploded for decades; a new Rohingya Muslim insurgency that has prompted an army crackdown some say may amount to crimes against humanity; a rash of online defamation cases that have fostered a panic over freedom of speech; and a repressive legal framework that allowed the generals to jail so many still being in place. And all the while, Aung San Suu Kyi is accused of remaining mostly silent, doggedly avoiding the media. Many who led the campaign [to free her] were on the liberal side. I think she’s closer to a Margaret Thatcher. Interviews by the Guardian with more than a dozen diplomats, analysts and current and former advisers reveal frustrations with a top-down government struggling to cope with immense challenges. Aung San Suu Kyi’s questionable leadership style, her inability or unwillingness to communicate a vision, and her reluctance to speak out against the persecution of minorities have raised the question of whether the popular narrative is misplaced. And although some defend her, saying it takes time to right the wrongs of decades, others see a fundamental misunderstanding of the woman herself. “Many of the people who led the campaign [to free Aung San Suu Kyi] … were more on the liberal side of the spectrum,” one diplomat put it. “I think she’s closer to a Margaret Thatcher.” It’s a stark contrast to the Aung San Suu Kyi who, during 15 years of house arrest at her lakeside villa on University Avenue in Yangon, stood on rickety tables and delivered speeches about human rights over the gate. “And she was electric,” said David Mathieson, a longtime Myanmar researcher for Human Rights Watch who is now an independent consultant. “She was funny. She was informative. She was principled … And I think it’s lamentable that she’s not doing the equivalent of that now.” Five hours north by car from Yangon, Myanmar’s dystopian capital Naypyidaw stands surrounded by densely forested mountains. It is here, in the so-called Abode of Kings supposedly built to insulate Myanmar’s generals from attack, amid a landscape of deserted 20-lane highways and grandiose hotels, that Aung Sun Suu Kyi lives her life in power. The 71-year-old is a disciplined ruler. Her habit, established during imprisonment, is to wake before dawn and meditate in the house she shares with her pet dog and a small retinue of maids. She has breakfast with an adviser, often Kyaw Tint Swe, a former ambassador who spent decades defending the junta’s actions. An aide, Win Htein, says Aung San Suu Kyi eats very little. “The amount of food she is taking is like a kitten,” he said. “She doesn’t eat carbohydrates. Fruit and vegetables. No pork, or mutton, or beef. Only fish.” Her few indulgences include a vast wardrobe of luxurious silk longyis and evening film viewings, musicals being her favourite. Win Htein recently gave her a copy of La La Land. But mostly she works. And there is a lot of work. As well as state counsellor – a position created to get around the military-drafted constitution that bars her from the presidency – she is foreign minister, minister of the president’s office and chair of numerous committees. Widely described as a micromanager, she pores over documents after hours. A source close to the attorney general’s office says she asks to see a copy of every draft bill before it is submitted to parliament. Ministers routinely pass decisions upwards. “The problem is there are no policymakers in her cabinet,” said Burmese political analyst Myat Ko. People who know her say Aung San Suu Kyi inspires both devotion and fear. She is variously described as charming and charismatic, and sharp and authoritarian. “She feels like a real leader,” one diplomat said. “Intelligent, quick-witted, quite funny.” At the same time, he added: “I would say that she has appeared to be very keen to be the sole decision-maker to have no chance of establishing rival power centres.” Echelons above her subordinates in stature, the state counsellor is often depicted as living in a bubble, surrounded by a cabal of advisers who are too nervous to convey hard truths. A Yangon-based analyst working on the peace process said bad news often does not reach her. “In meetings, she is dismissive, dictatorial – in some cases, belittling,” said a senior aid worker who, like many others interviewed for this story, insisted on anonymity because he works with the administration. The government, he said, has become “so centralised, there is complete fear of her”. This is not the administration many hoped for when the National League for Democracy (NLD) took over the government [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2017

Forget Hollywood, watch Russian films

THE Cold War lasted for 45 years, and ended in 1990. Throughout those years, the portrayal of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics by Hollywood affected the mind-sets of not just two generations, but the progeny of these generations as well......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Viggo Mortensen on gaining as much as 45 lbs for role in ‘Green Book’

LOS ANGELES---Viggo Mortensen is considered by some awards prognosticators as this season's best actor front-runner for his performance in director Peter Farrelly's "Green Book."   Viggo and Mahershala Ali (who is also regarded as a front-runner but in the best supporting actor category) are engrossing to watch as polar opposites thrown together in a car as they drive in the deep South for a concert tour.   "Green Book" is based on the true story of an African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala) who hires a burly Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx, Frank Anthony "Tony Lip" Vallelonga, to be his driver and bodyguard.   Thi...Keep on reading: Viggo Mortensen on gaining as much as 45 lbs for role in ‘Green Book’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

Futility in Phoenix wears on Devin Booker

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com He is already a star at age 22 but on this particular play, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker had role player instincts Sunday (Monday, PHL time) at Staples Center. The basketball bounced toward the baseline, beyond his reach, and he hustled anyway. And so the predictable happened: The ball beat him off the court and into the first row. Then the unthinkable happened: He grabbed his left leg and bent over in pain. The first player who rushed over to him yelled: “Book! Book! Hamstring?” ]It was thoughtful of LeBron James to check on Booker, even better if LeBron did this last summer as a free agent when Booker really could’ve use a hand. Instead, Booker is not only limping right now -- hopefully just temporarily for the team’s sake -- but also losing, something he has done more prolifically in Phoenix than get buckets. One of the shames of the NBA is how one of its breakout stars and franchise players is stuck on a habitually bad team, with no playoff shine in sight, and mostly invisible. Yes, only LeBron and Kevin Durant have reached 4,000 career points faster than Booker, but neither ever took Ls like this. Booker is now up to 136 in slightly over three seasons and once again the Suns, now 4-19, are on pace to be forgotten by Christmas. You could hardly blame their fans for getting their basketball fix these days by watching Duke games. All roads lead to the lottery, as it has since 2015 when Booker became one of the few draft decisions that actually worked out. But for Booker and the Suns, that’s some tough medicine, playing another 55 games, swallow many depressing nights along the way, and then pray the odds work in their favor come June. It’s fair to wonder how much of a toll this culture takes on Booker, who’s once again a player who demands a double team, averaging nearly 25 points a game and doing decently as a stand-in at point guard. Some perspective is needed, though. Booker signed a five-year, $158 million contract extension in July, giving plenty of living and den space for all the losing he takes home at night. Still, he said, "It sucks." Booker lost 58 games as a rookie, then 58 again, then 61 last year and may reach 65 or more this season. He’s lost 13 straight games twice, and the Suns once lost 28 of 30 with Booker on the floor. In an 82-game season, it shouldn’t be terribly difficult to put together, say, a four-game win streak. Booker is still waiting on that. For years the situation just wasn’t pretty in Phoenix and it’s only slightly less ugly now. Too many poor Draft picks have delayed progress and ruined the team. Former lottery picks Dragan Bender, Marquese Criss and Alex Len couldn’t earn rookie extensions and there was Phoenix's infamous point guard fetish of recent years when they went through Isaiah Thomas, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight for little or nothing in return when they left. Sprinkle in some weird free-agent decisions -- like signing Tyson Chandler only to buy him out three years later -- and hilariously chasing LaMarcus Aldridge and it smacked of a team lacking both direction and a plan. Most of these moves were made by former GM Ryan McDonough and while James Jones represents a refreshing front-office change, he comes with little experience in that role. When you examine the fast-track of Booker, you get the best young scorer the league has seen since Durant and LeBron. You also get these numbers: Two, four and 47. That’s how many general managers, coaches and teammates Booker has had in less than four NBA seasons, heavy turnover storming all around him. “My whole career except for the NBA, I’ve been a winner,” Booker said. “I want to get back to that. I’m done with not making the playoffs.” Well, the circumstances say otherwise. The Suns are essentially holding tryouts for the future now, though. Chandler was the first one thrown overboard and if Phoenix could get anything for Ryan Anderson and his contract, he’d be next. For some reason Phoenix gave a head-scratching $15 million this season last summer to aging swingman Trevor Ariza. He's shooting 37.2 percent and scoring 9.9 ppg, taking minutes from young players. Among rotation players, the lone holdovers from 2017-18 are Booker, TJ Warren and Josh Jackson. Taking some advice he received from Chandler, who became a mentor, Booker believes it’s necessary for him to adopt a more forceful role on the court and in the locker room even if, from an age perspective, he needs more seasoning for that. But what are the alternatives, given the ever-changing lineup? “I’m doing more leading by example and being more vocal about it, holding people accountable and hold myself accountable too,” he said. It’s a chore trying to pick up others when, after taking yearly poundings, you need a hand yourself. This is the mountain Booker is up against. Again. “I know losing is tough on him because last year as a rookie I struggled with it,” said Jackson. “I’m just keeping my head on straight now. We show flashes but we need consistency.” Or you could say they need LeBron. And if Booker misses any extended time with a hamstring that has given him trouble before Sunday, well, as Jackson said: “Everybody knows we need him desperately. The sooner we get him back, the better.” With the possible exception of the Knicks, no franchise has splattered the concrete with the speed and consistency as the Suns. Before Booker was born, the Suns were a destination franchise, a place most players wanted to sign with, get drafted by and be traded to. The balmy winter weather was an obvious attraction but in the mid-1990s with Charles Barkley, and then 10 years later with Steve Nash, the Suns were also entertaining and won everything except a championship. Sellouts were common, the arena was a tough place for visitors and fans frolicked along with the Gorilla mascot. All this happened on Jerry Colangelo’s watch and prosperity under owner Robert Sarver is on hourglass time. At least Booker is locked up for four more years and there’s no danger of losing him, at least to another team, in the immediate future. They could lose him to frustration, though, fairly soon, especially when he sees other teams playing meaningful games and listens to other players during USA Basketball gatherings talk about what he’s missing. “I’ll do whatever I have to do,” Booker said, when asked about recruiting help in the near future. “I think Phoenix is a place where people can see the potential, see our young nucleus.” Unless there’s a reversal of fortune in the near future, Phoenix could remain a basketball wasteland and no player, not even Booker, wants to wallow in that. Problem is, until there’s a positive roster shakeup, the Suns lack enough to convince another superstar to sign up next summer or maybe even by 2020. At least when their lone star falls to the floor, as he did Sunday against the Lakers, Booker carries enough clout and respect to get a hand of a different sort from LeBron James. For now, that must do. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

WATCH: Tirso Cruz III, family perform dance number for son Teejay

MANILA, Philippines – Tirso Cruz III and family led a dance of praise on Saturday, November 24 in memory of his son Teejay, who died on November 21 after battling cancer . (READ: Mama's boy, charity work: The life of Teejay Cruz ) In the 4-part video posted by Tirso's daughter Djanin, the actor together with Rodjun Cruz, one ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

Coco sap gatherer shoots farmer to death in Davao del Sur

MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur --- A coconut sap gatherer killed his neighbor using a homemade shotgun following a verbal tussle at Purok 4, Sitio Bob, Barangay Barayong in this town about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Senior Insp. Cris Ian Taghap, chief of the Magsaysay Municipal Police Station, said Emilio Maria Rosal, 59, a Tagacaulo living at Purok 4, Sitio Bob, Barangay Barayong had a heated argument with Eduardo Castro de la Conception, 57. There pacified by a barangay tanod. Later, Rosal was already in the hut of a neighbor when De la Conception suddenly arrived with a long firearm and shot him. He was hit in the right chest and died. De la Conception fled, leaving a blo...Keep on reading: Coco sap gatherer shoots farmer to death in Davao del Sur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

WATCH: Lullabies in prison

ILOILO CITY – Until I saw the women’s dormitory of the Iloilo City Jail, I thought that anyone living in a cramped and confined space for years would be like a caged animal – vicious and violent. I was wrong. In the past months, I have been filming in the jail ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Fil-Ams direct and star in new Hollywood horror movie

  SAN FRANCISCO -- Manila-born actor Giovannie "Gio" Espiritu defies the definition of undocumented immigrants according to the current tenant of the White House.   One of the busiest Filipino Americans in Hollywood, Espiritu stars on Amazon Prime's popular series "Dyke Central" and teaches acting at her HollywoodActorsWorkshop.com, sharing skills with future colleagues and access to the system that has been an obstacle course for aspiring thespians of color.   On Dec. 1, Espiritu will flash her killer smile on the red carpet at the New York City Horror Film Festival, when her latest film, "D-Railed," screens at Cinepolis Chelsea on West 23rd Street. She...Keep on reading: Fil-Ams direct and star in new Hollywood horror movie.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2018

Michael Douglas on being cancer-free, finally getting a star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES---At 74, Michael Douglas has survived a battle with throat cancer, finally got his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, became a grandpa and stars in a new Netflix comedy series, "The Kominsky Method."   Just two days after being honored with a star with several generations of Douglases present---dad Kirk (101 years old), wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, sons Cameron (his son with ex-wife Diandra Luker) and Dylan and daughter Carys--Michael sat down for an interview.   In the new Netflix comedy series, "The Kominsky Method," Michael Douglas costars with Alan Arkin. He plays Sandy Kominsky, an actor who's had his brush with fame and is now toiling as an acting...Keep on reading: Michael Douglas on being cancer-free, finally getting a star on Walk of Fame.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

WATCH: Robi Domingo teases new vlog by kissing Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil

Robi Domingo pulled a couple of pranks on Daniel Padilla and Enrique Gil to help promote his upcoming video blog. Domingo uploaded on Nov. 13 two short clips of his pranks on Twitter as he announced the launch of his new vlog on YouTube. According to his post, the reason why he kissed the two actors on the cheek would be revealed in his first post today, Nov. 15. Gil and Padilla had different reactions to Domingo's stolen kiss. Nonetheless, both proved amusing enough for the actor's fans. The first clip featured Gil who was with Domingo while they were both in the dressing room. Gil had been casually talking about something when Domingo suddenly kissed him after a sentence. ...Keep on reading: WATCH: Robi Domingo teases new vlog by kissing Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Jamie Dornan hints at a musical project

LOS ANGELES---Jamie Dornan was pretending to be embarrassed. With a smile, he was turning his back halfway on me. I had just told him that I recently heard again his short version of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" from the "Fifty Shades Freed" soundtrack. I said he has a good voice.   I also told the actor that I Googled him as a singer and got to watch him croon "Fairytale" in a video back when he had a folk band named Sons of Jim with his friend David Alexander and his acting career hasn't taken off yet.   "Don't make me sing that song now," he said with a laugh. Wearing a gray wool sweater with sleeves rolled up and dark pants, the Irish actor sat amid t...Keep on reading: Jamie Dornan hints at a musical project.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal

By Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the U.S. Open against Serena Williams two months ago, soaring as high as No. 4 this season in the WTA tennis rankings. Off the court — on the marketing front — she has the same potential. Maybe more. "It's very, very rare to find a Japanese-born female athlete who appeals to an international audience," said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert and creative director at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, California. Serena Williams topped the Forbes list of the highest-earning female athletes this year at $18 million, almost all endorsements. Osaka appears to be the right woman in the right sport at the right time with the draw to overtake Williams. "What's more, tennis, especially women's tennis, is a sport that lends itself to a broad variety of sponsors: sporting goods, health and beauty, fashion, lifestyle, travel, personal care, you name it," Dorfman said. "And the sport's international following brings with it a large, loyal and affluent fan base. All the more reason why so many companies are lining up to sign her up." The big question is: Can she keep this up? Much has happened very quickly for her, notes former tennis star Chris Evert. "You know, it's going to be life-changing for her and very, very important," Evert said. "From what I see, she is very humble and from what I see, her parents are very humble people. Hopefully they won't go Hollywood on us. We don't want that to happen." Osaka's multicultural background — Japan-born but raised in the U.S. by a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother — adds to her wide appeal, endearing her to fans in Japan and elsewhere. Her disarming charm, off and on the court, including how she handled the turmoil surrounding her win over Williams, is also winning people over. "She appeals to the young and old, men and women, everyone," said Shigeru Tanaka, advertising manager at Citizen, her sponsor since August. Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co.'s 80,000 yen ($700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out at stores in Japan, thanks to the exposure it got on her wrist at the U.S. Open. Citizen was quick to take advantage of her Grand Slam win, taking out a one-third page ad in the Yomiuri newspaper's extra edition report of her win. Companies won't say how much her contracts are worth, but they tend to be written so that if she keeps winning, her earnings will keep going up. If one company won't pay, another will just snatch her up, marketing experts say. Although Japanese baseball players like Ichiro and Shohei Ohtani are superstars, that sport doesn't have the global appeal of tennis. There are Olympians, but their appeal tends to come and go every four years. Japan is "just starving for a star," Evert said. Osaka has been wearing various Citizen watches in matches and in photo ops and has told reporters the first watch she got from her mom was a Citizen. She has also said her father drove a Nissan while she was growing up — another in a growing line of sponsors. Besides Citizen, Osaka has deals with instant noodle-maker Nissin Foods Group, Japanese badminton and tennis racket maker Yonex Co., and athletic-wear and sneaker giant Adidas. Nissan Motor Co. signed Osaka as its three-year "brand ambassador" in September. The deal was in the works for a while, but the timing couldn't have been better, coming right after the U.S. Open. The Yokohama-based automaker is mulling a "Naomi Osaka model" car. She is also getting keys to a silver GT-R sports car. Investing in Osaka enhances brand image for the long-term, said Masao Tsutsumi, general manager in charge of Osaka-related marketing at Nissan. He said her transformation from "every girl" to superstar parallels the automaker's commitment to technological innovation. "She also is such a nice person while being utterly professional," he added. Yonex has been supplying rackets to Osaka since she was 10, after receiving a letter from her mother. The Osaka effect is evident in the growing popularity of Yonex rackets among younger Americans, the company says. Appearing before Yonex employees in Tokyo, Osaka drew affectionate laughter by insisting on addressing the crowd in Japanese, though she managed only a few words, including "onaji," or "the same," says Nori Shimojo, the company's official in charge of tennis player service. At just 21, Osaka's got plenty of time to learn the language of her birthplace if she wants to. As for her sponsorship windfall, she is shrugging it all off. "I wouldn't really know because I have never been in this territory," she said during a recent tournament in Singapore. "For me, I just focus on my matches, and, I mean, like I'm a tennis player, so I just play tennis." ___ Sandra Harwitt in Singapore contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

UNDAS

While thousands observed the annual Catholic tradition of Undas at the public cemetery here in Davao City’s Wireless Public Cemetery, young tomb painters make a living by accepting painting jobs for a minimal fee and vendors sell assorted food items, candles and flowers to individuals visiting the cemetery.(Kath M. Cortez/davaotoday.com).....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

Liam Neeson to star in comedy drama ‘Made in Italy’ with his son

Liam Neeson, star of "Taken" and "Schindler's List", is to lead the debut film from British actor James D'Arcy, "Made in Italy", which will co-star his son Michel Richardson. Having recently added "Dunkirk" and "Cloud Atlas" to his resum, James D'Arcy is to direct his first feature, working from his own screenplay. Liam Neeson has been announced as the movie's lead ahead of its presentation at the American Film Market from Wednesday onwards, per industry reporting. Neeson will star as an artist living in London who travels to Italy with his estranged son (played by Richardson) to renovate and sell the house owned by his recently deceased wife. Filming is to begin on locat...Keep on reading: Liam Neeson to star in comedy drama ‘Made in Italy’ with his son.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

WATCH: In Davao, Wang Yi shows friendlier face of China

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – For two days, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Davao City to hold a series of meetings.  In the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, the usually stoic Wang shows us a friendlier face of China. Paterno Esmaquel reports. – video by Charles Salazar/Rappler.com.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 29th, 2018